Fox is having one hell of a time expanding their universe at this point. After getting the X-Men franchise back on track following the blunders that were X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the studio has been able to not only rejuvenate the X-Men property, but also the Fox Cinematic Universe as a whole. Everything seemed to be going really well, but after the travesty that this year’s Fantastic Four ended up being, fans and audiences could have some reasons to wonder if history might be repeating itself.
However, everything from X-Men: Apocalypse has been well-received it seems like, especially the footage shown at this year’s SDCC, and fans are beginning to gain hope that Deadpool might just end up being the film they’ve always wanted it to be. Unfortunately, the other planned X-Men spin-off, Gambit, hasn’t had nearly as much luck. After immediately gaining an A-list lead with Channing Tatum, and a possible female lead with Lea Seydoux, it looks like the film might have just run into yet another speed bump.
According to THR, director Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Gambler) has reportedly left the project after several script issues. Reports have been coming in for several months now that the script for the film has caused problems with several filmmakers that Fox approached before landing Wyatt at the helm. However, new changes to the screenplay have reportedly caused the movie’s budget to grow and has led to Wyatt’s departure. The filmmaker released a statement about the exit, saying the following:
“I was very much looking forward to working with my friend Channing and the team at Fox, but regrettably a push in the start date now conflicts with another project. I thank them for the opportunity, and I know that Gambit will make a terrific film.”
This is just a number of growing issues that the movie has faced over the past few months, after reports earlier this year hinted that Tatum himself might be leaving the project before Fox and the actor finally made the deal official. With the movie’s original production date set for later this December, and now has reportedly been pushed back to next February, Fox will want to find a new director for the project relatively quickly if they hope to keep the 2016 release date the same.
Like I said earlier though, both Deadpool and X-Men: Apocalypse look incredible, but after the huge mistake that Fantastic Four ended up being as well as this too – Fox seems like they’re having more trouble than almost any other studio when it comes to growing and exploring their Cinematic Universe outside of the X-Men franchise. Hopefully Gambit can find a new and talented filmmaker to replace Wyatt soon, but following this announcement, things aren’t looking good for the spin-off.
Gambit is set to hit theatres October 7th, 2016.
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